New Gardening Year

“New Gardening Year”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

January 1st starts off a new year, but for gardeners, it is the coming of spring that starts a new gardening year.

While there are signs showing up more and more each day that spring will return this year (I had my doubts a few cold weeks ago), there have been few flowers to show. That should change as the weeks go by, and we have more consistently warmer weather.

One shrub that has started to show off its lovely fushia-colored flowers is the loropetalum.



These shrubs usually start to bloom just before the azaleas, but that won’t happen this year. I checked the azaleas, and their buds are shut tight. They won’t be opening for a while.

The loropetalum’s blooming is a sure sign that it won’t be long before all the spring bloomers will be showing up, starting a new gardening year.


  1. Phillip said,

    February 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

    It will be awhile before mine starts to bloom. I can’t wait!

  2. Scott said,

    February 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Love Lorapetalum…they are just so gorgeous…especially the purple-leaved ones…hooray for spring!

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